When watching TV or reading the news, I get hypnotized into believing people who work as bartenders and waitresses live in million dollar homes and dishwashers drive $40,000 trucks. Everyone is worried about their retirement portfolios, insuring their boat, homes, cars with some green lizard and pop expensive prescription drugs which compel them to wear straw gardening hats, carry wicker flower baskets and sit naked in filthy bathtubs.
Then Pop! Along comes 60 Minutes blowing apart the trance, driving a stake through marketing fiction. Tonight 60 Minutes presented a report on homeless families and kids in the United States. This is the New Normal America, a country that can't provide livelihoods, shelter and even food to their kids. Yes, that's right, we have children who are homeless and hungry all over the country and they look just like you.
Kids in poverty are 25% of all kids in the United States. In the article, Road to Ruin we see 14% of homes are late on payments or in foreclosure. 14% of Americans are on food stamps. From 2009, over 14% of Americans are flat broke, half of Americans earn less than $26,000 a year. The official poverty rate for a family of 4 is $22,350. and now we see that kids are being raised without a roof over their heads or enough food to eat. This is what happens when one lets the Banks, multinationals and lobbyists run amok and control the government. Welcome to America now, not some fantasy propagated by days gone by.
For more information, Below are some references. Then again, you could just walk down your street. Odds on if you knock on four doors, you will find a family in huge trouble and if you walk to that nearest highway underpass, you might find that neighbor who moved away.
Census website on poverty.
The National Alliance to End Homelessness has more facts and figures with interactive maps.
Here is an overview post on some additional damning American poverty statistics.